67-Year-Old Man Arrested Over California Shootings In 2 Locations
On Monday (23 Jan), mass shootings occurred at two locations in Half Moon Bay, California, killing seven victims and injuring one.
Police have taken a 67-year-old man, Chunli Zhao, into custody over the incident.
Local reports identified the victims as Chinese farm workers. The suspect reportedly worked at an agricultural nursery, one of the two shooting sites.
Mass shootings on California farms kill 7
The New York Times reports that the twin shootings occurred at two farms near Highway 92 and the Half Moon Bay city limits.
Addressing the incident, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus confirmed that five adult men and two women were killed.
An eighth victim is out of surgery and in stable condition at a local hospital.
Authorities identified the suspect as Zhao, a 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident.
Local police dispatched deputies to two nurseries around Half Moon Bay in the mid-afternoon on 23 Jan, Reuters reports.
They discovered four dead victims at a mushroom farm, with another sustaining critical injuries.
Shortly after, police found three more victims dead with gunshot wounds at a nearby trucking business.
Reports noted that the deceased comprised Chinese farm workers. The farm operator later confirmed that Zhao lived at one of the two shooting sites.
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